Blue Screen of Death: the very name chills the hearts of Windows users who have experienced it. There's no feeling quite like seeing your work vanish and be replaced by a BSOD, which is Windows' way of telling you it has just crashed, taking whatever you had open with it. NirSoft's BlueScreenView is a kind of coroner's report on your system. It scans the minidump files created when your system crashes and displays a BSOD, collecting them all in a single list view displaying all kinds of information you can use to debug whatever it is that'… Read more
Move over, Curiosity rover, Google has already discovered signs of alien life. Eagle-eyed Street View users have noticed Doctor Who's blue police box time machine in various locations all over the United Kingdom.
Since Google blurs the faces of pedestrians caught by its cameras, it's entirely possible that one of the faceless figures near one of the Tardises is actually the Doctor or one of his companions.
Here's a list of Tardis spottings available on Street View, but there are likely more. Just plug them into Google Maps, switch to Street View, and look around until the Tardis comes into view.… Read more
Google's Street View is expanding across Brazil and Mexico.
The search giant today announced that its Street View coverage in Brazil now includes "colonial cities like Fortaleza, architecturally compelling cities like Brasilia, and coastal landmarks like Recife, Natal, and Salvador." All told, Street View now lets users comb through more than 70 Brazilian cities.
Google also announced the addition of 30 archaeological sites across Mexico, including the 1,100-year-old Kukulkan's Temple and the pyramids of Teotihuacan.
Google's Street View, which made its name as a service that let users virtually drive down city and suburban … Read more
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What makes Paris look like Paris? Hint: it ain't the Eiffel Tower.
It is instead the details woven into the urban fabric that form a pattern, according to a machine learning system that's part of a U.S.-French visual data mining project. Yes, computers are learning to ID your city just by looking at random photos.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and INRIA/Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris had the system look at 40,000 Google Street View images of Paris, London, New York, and Barcelona, as well as eight other cities to find frequent and unique elements. … Read more
Long before 1080p video and high-resolution imagery, a special graphic design style known as ASCII art enabled amateur artists to create unique images on computers through specifically formatted text.
The glory days of text art invading e-mails and bulletin boards are mostly gone. But you can at least take a stroll down memory lane with a Web site that automatically converts Google Maps' Street View into a world of colorful ASCII art. … Read more
Those of you who've never seen an actual space shuttle or Apollo module up close can now get a taste of the real thing courtesy of Google Street View.
Commemorating the past 50 years of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the search giant has unveiled a series of interactive, panoramic Street View photos. Each of the 10 online photos focuses on a different piece of space technology, equipment, or location.
One photo reveals the Atlantis space shuttle from stem to stern. Another highlights the Apollo 14 Command Module. And a third carries you to the top of an … Read more
Downing Street, the office and home of the British Prime Minister, has cleared the way for Google to map the famous road at street level. Users of Google Maps can now see the powerhouse of British politics on Street View.
With the Olympics in full swing and as an already packed London continues to swell, the Downing Street gates will remain tightly shut, barring anyone from entering the historic roadway. But anyone with a mobile phone, laptop, tablet or otherwise can check out David Cameron's front door. You don't even need a security pass; you can virtually just … Read more
Google, right hand meet left hand?
The company was supposed to scrub all the personal user data its Street View vehicles in Britain and elsewhere had collected in 2010. Somehow, that did not happen.
Google disclosed the information on Friday to the U.K's. Information Commissioner's Office. As part of an agreement signed in November 2010, Google was supposed to have deleted the data by December 2010.
"Google has recently confirmed that it still has in its possession a small portion of...data collected by our Street View vehicles in the UK," Peter Fleischer, Google's … Read more
Antarctica is long known to be an inhospitable place of constant cold and wind and completely void of plant life. It is also supposed to be beautiful -- filled with snowy vistas, blue-tinted glaciers, and penguins.
Google announced today that with the introduction of its new Google Maps feature people don't need to gear up, survive the elements, and make the long journey to explore this corner of the world. They can simply fire up their computers and take a tour with Antarctic Street View. … Read more